This year's festival line-up includes 14 feature films and a strong collection of shorts in competition for the Iris Prize. Directors will attend from as far afield as Australia and the Philippines and there will be an expanded programme of industry talks, including the festival's first showcase of UK student LGBT+ films. Live BSL interpretation will be provided at screenings held on the closing weekend.

The festival runs from 9 to 13 October.

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Iris Latest Reviews

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Behind the scenes with Israeli global gay-porn sensation and self-admitted mama’s boy Jonathan Agassi during his first eight years in the business.
The Blonde One
The Blonde One
Two new flatmates experience a mutual attraction, but can they make it work or is getting involved in this situation asking for trouble?
The Archivettes
The Archivettes
A documentary about the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.
Resorting to babysitting for an elite Brooklyn family, an awkward young man discovers hope and self-discipline through his friendship with a lonely six-year-old, and the adult superhero Leather-Man who is conjured from a psychedelic cupcake.
A young intersex person searches for love and a better life.
An elderly woman's bond with her nurse prompts her to confess long-suppressed passions and find peace with herself.

Iris Prize Festival Features

In dreams
River Gallo on Ponyboi, telling intersex stories and the importance of fantasies

Iris Prize Festival News

Black Hat takes this year's Iris Prize
My Brother Is A Mermaid wins Best British Short

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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